Ski Team Co-captain, Alex Marshall
Ski Team Co-captain, Alex Marshall, skis to a first overall in the North Shore Ski League. Alex has placed 1st in 3 of the 4 races this season. The girls will be top contenders for State Championships. Competing against Andover, North Andover, and Masconomet High Schools.
The Manchester Essex Alpine Ski team has the number one female ranked skier in the North Shore Ski League. As the ski season approaches the half way mark Junior Co-Captain Alex Marshall has a firm grasp on first place. Marshall has won three out of four races this season and is looking to continue her dominance. Senior Captain Lizzi White has had three podium finishes as well, coming in third place in four races. Both racers are in excellent position to qualify for the state tournament in February. Newcomers and eighth graders, Alice Mitchell and Emily Clark are racing Varsity for the first time and both are exceeding the coach’s expectations. As of January sixteenth Clark was just outside of the state tournament with a fourteenth place ranking and Mitchell was ranked twentieth. On Monday the 27th Clark put together a good run and finished in 13th which should move her up in the league wide standings along with Mitchell who finished 18th. The Junior Varsity girl’s team put forth amazing performances from skiers like Samantha Booma with two victories, Katie Donnelly with one victory and top five finishes by Drew Charlton and Bennet Dolan who have won every race they have entered. “We are really excited by the depth of the team.” Coach Peter Wonson said. “These young racers are exciting to watch and it speaks to the future of the program and it looks like it’s going to be very exciting.”
On the Boys side Junior Co-Captain Chris McAuliff is currently ranked eighth overall and should be making the trip to the state tournament. On January 23rd the team gathered for a dinner in downtown Manchester, parents, racers and supporters took a break from their hectic schedules to come together for a break and some pizza discussing the season so far and what is coming up. Coach Tim Wonson’s nine year old daughter and unofficial team mascot Emma Wonson was in attendance. Emma who usually skis one or two times a year with the team has been side lined this season with a broken elbow, which she broke and dislocated during gymnastics training, Emma still had plenty of thoughts on the team. “Alex is a really good skier,” said Wonson, “She is really fast but when you ski with her she also helps you along, tells you how you can get faster and really helps you as a racer.” Wonson continued when asked about this season in particular, “When I first hurt my arm I thought, this hurts! Then I thought I may not be able to ski with the team at all this year, which is hard and sad because it’s really fun skiing with the team they are all really good skiers and really nice. When I realized that, then I thought, man I wish my elbow had a face so I could punch it!” Wonson hopes to get back to skiing as soon as she can and when she does she will surely ski fast.